June 2, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, FL — Florida State University Athletics Director Dave Hart announced Friday, June 2nd the hiring of Bob Braman as the new head coach of the Seminole men’s and women’s cross country programs.
“We are pleased to be able to attract a coach of the caliber of Bob Braman to lead our cross country programs,” said Hart. “He has proven that he can be very successful at the collegiate level from his work at the University of South Florida.”
Braman, 42, spent 17 years at the University of South Florida and
was their longest tenured coach before accepting the position at Florida State. Braman began coaching in 1983 as a men’s cross country assistant. He was promoted to head coach in 1985 and also took over the women’s cross country program in 1987.When the University of South Florida began its track program in 1991, Braman assumed head coaching duties for that sport as well.
Braman will take over the head coaching duties for the men’s and women’s cross country teams and will serve as the distance coach on coach Terry Long’s track and field staff. Braman replaces Scott Irving, who left Florida State to take a position with the Air Force Academy.
Under Braman’s guidance, the University of South Florida men’s cross country team has won three straight Conference USA titles and the women’s cross country team is the two-time defending Conference USA Champions. The University of South Florida’s men’s cross country team has finished in the top-10 three times in the 90’s and 23 members of Braman’s men’s cross country teams have qualified to participate in NCAA Division I national championship meets. Braman coached the men’s and women’s cross country teams to top-30 finishes last season. Braman’s men’s cross country team also won six straight conference titles between 1988 and 1993 with three coming in the Sun Belt Conference and the other three in the Metro Conference.
During his tenure at the University of South Florida, Braman was honored as Coach of the Year 14 times. Most recently, he garnered
Conference USA’s Coach of the Year honors in 1997 for men’s cross country.
He is a three-time Metro Conference Coach of the Year for men’s cross country, a two-time winner for women’s track and field and he also won for women’s cross country in 1991. Braman also recieved the Sun Belt Conference’s men’s cross country Coach of the Year honor five times in six years.
Braman graduated from the University of Florida in 1980 with a B.S. in broadcasting and a minor in political science. Braman was the captain of the cross country team for three seasons at Florida where he was an All-SEC selection in cross country (1979 and 1980) and indoor track (1979). He is still the school record holder at the University of Florida in the indoor three-mile run.